Great Carrs & Wetherlam

  • An unusual horseshoe from Little Langdale
  • Dramatic cliff scenery below great Carrs
  • Explore interesting Wetherlam

Graceful is a word not always used when describing the larger fells to the south and west of the Lake District but the fells of  Great Carrs and and Wetherlam can be seen as thus. Wet Side Edge and Wetherlam Edge form a beautiful horseshoe which drew my eye when passing through Little Langdale a few years ago. I came back and tackled Great Carrs first – the ascent is more gradual and easier on the legs as it curves round south to approach the summit.

The summit is nothing special, with the exception of the remains of a Halifax which came down at night in October 1944 killing 8 (7 Canadians), as it is overlooked by nearby Swirl How but there are some spectacular cliffs a few yards to the west so beware! Wetherlam, which is reached by a steep descent from Swirl How, is one of my favourite Lakeland mountains. The land is potholed with old mining shafts and there is great views over the full Coniston round; the descent off Wetherlam Edge caps an excellent, but not overly strenuous, day in the fells.

Recommend: A detour to Grey Friar is worth the extra mile and a half not just for the tick on an inconvenient summit but for its unusual views of the Scafell range.

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Great Carrs & Wetherlam map


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 301032. There is ample road side parking near Fell Foot Bridge but the nearest official car parking is in Little Langdale
Height to Climb: 778ms (2,552 feet)
Terrain: Typical Lakeland paths - the descent from Swirl How is badly eroded but the rest is fine
Eating & Drinking: Little Langdale is a mile east up the narrow road where the Three Shires Inn provides all manner of refreshment!
Similar Walks Nearby: Old Man of Coniston
Dow Crag via Seathwaite Tarn
The Langdale Pikes
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  1. Richard says:

    Great walk – which we did in the opposite direction. The path up to Wetherlam from the beck is non existant and in the hill fog with a compass baring to guide us was very difficult and potentially hazardous. (I don’t think we were ever on a path.) Harvey maps has this path marked as a right of way ‘without path on the ground’. The rest of the walk was excellent and the cloud cleared just as we were decending.

    Will try it again in good visability on day.

  2. Ian says:

    This was a great walk, with the exception of the descent down from Wetherlam back towards Little Langdale via Greenburn Beck. I was using the gpx file (thanks very much by the way, much appreciated) on my Garmin along with an OS map and trying to match up a footpath to the listed right of way with no success. It seems the best route is back around Birk Fell and then following the brick wall down to the beck? Please enlighten me!

  3. Pete says:

    Should take about 5 hours, 5.5 if you take in Grey Friar. If you allow 6 that should be plenty. Beware though the path from Swirl How to Wetherlam is very badly erroded and we found it quite a struggle on the 11th June 2016. It’s a great walk though, make sure you visit the site where the Bommber cane down in 1944. One of it’s engines is in the museum in Consiton.

    It was very misty when we did it and made a few navigation errors.

    Hope you enjoy it.

  4. Hannah Turnbull says:

    I must say….I love this website. I have planned most my recent mountain days around it, so thankyou!

    I just want to ask, how long do you think this route will take (roughly)? I’m not a particularly fast walker as I burn really hot and struggle to keep body heat down. So bear that in mind. Haha

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